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Re: My Other Sierra Stove System

Postby fishmonger » Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:48 am

freestone wrote:Well seasoned cast iron is a thing of beauty.

funny, on one forum they are discussing how cool it is to go totally stoveless and munch on dextrose products out of a pouch all day, and here cast iron cookware is still being celebrated for how well it holds heat while slow cooking.

As usual, I am somewhere in the middle - no way would I ever carry a cast iron pot, but I do want to eat warm food that at least resembles real food. So I'm one of those boring canister stove guys who heat water and dump some dehydrated stuff into their titanium or aluminum pot.

I suppose if your biggest thing besides being in the backcountry is cooking, you can carry the heavy pots. I recall reading of somebody spotting a hiker on the Muir Trail a few years ago who had a pressure cooker pot on his pack, as well as another guy with a cast iron pan. They are out there!

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Re: My Other Sierra Stove System

Postby hikin_jim » Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:51 pm

I remember seeing a guy with a ginormous backpack with a cast iron fry pan going NB on the JMT just north of Mather pass one time. I bet the fish tasted great, but no thanks to the weight.

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Re: My Other Sierra Stove System

Postby freestone » Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:17 pm

Believe me, cast iron is not a serious backpacking option. It will not it improve the taste of freeze-dried food nor will it increase the fuel efficiency that is needed in an alpine setting. My days of backpacking into an alpine setting will end soon enough, but I know that there are endless possibilities to car or walk-in camp the Sierra, and cast iron cooking can be relevant for that type of setting when time, fuel and weight is of little importance.
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